UKICRS is the 2 day symposium hosted by the UK and Ireland Controlled Release Society, this year it’s being held at John Moores University, Liverpool, on the 3rd and 4th June. Chemlink Specialities are a sponsor and Shilpa Mistry, our Head of Pharma UK & Ireland, will be speaking on the topic, don’t miss it!

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UKICRS 2019 What’s On

This is a 2 day packed event, bringing the best and brightest minds together to talk Controlled Release. Whether you’re an undergrad, postgrad, research fellow, or you’re working in this niche field, there’ll be plenty of exciting information for you.


3rd June

8.00 am      Registration and poster set-up  
11.00 am    Justin Hanes (Johns Hopkins) / Title to come

New horizons: Life after a PhD – Chaired by Charlie Winter & Sarah Gordon

  • 11.40 am    Chris Thomas (Cardiff University)   
  • 11.55 am    Bianca Price (University of Manchester)
  • 12.10 pm    Eileen McBride (AstraZeneca)  
  • 12.25 pm    xxx
  • 12.40 pm   ‘On the sofa’; questions to Speakers

1.00 pm     Light lunch
2.00pm     Short talks from our industrial exhibitors – Chaired by Laura Mason

​7.30 pm     Symposium Dinner – Love Lane Brewery, Bar and Kitchen


4th June

08.00 am    Registration and poster set-up


9.00 am    Welcome and Opening Remarks
9.10 am    KEYNOTE: Kostas Kostarelos (University of Manchester)
9.40 am    Kaouthar Bouzinab (University of Nottingham)
9.55 am    Xinyu Zhao (Queen’s University Belfast)
10.10 am  Domhnall Kelly (RCSI)
10.25 am    Tea & Coffee


10.55 am    Talat Khan (University of Ulster)
11.10 am    Robert Cavanagh (University of Nottingham)
11.25 am    Swapnil Khadke (University of Strathclyde)
11.40 am    Vera D’Aloisio (Liverpool John Moores University)


11.55 am    Posters
12.45 pm    Lunch


1.45 pm    KEYNOTE: Andrew Owen (University of Liverpool)
2.15 pm    James Flynn (University of Limerick)
2.30 pm    Rosemond Mensah (University of Hertfordshire)
​2.45 pm    Ebru Altuntas (Queen’s University Belfast)


3.00 pm    Posters / Tea & Coffee


3.50 pm    Soapbox Session
4.35 pm    Closing Remarks and Prizes


Attending UKICRS 2019

If you’ve not registered yet, you can do so here. Fees for attending include access to all of the above and the Symposium dinner.


  • Postgraduate: £80
  • Postdoctoral: £100
  • Academic: £125
  • Industrial: £200


Chemlink Specialities At UKICRS 2019

Chemlink Specialities, now a member of HARKE GROUP, will be exhibiting at this event. Our Head of Pharma UK & Ireland, Shilpa Mistry, will be speaking during the ​Short talks from our industrial exhibitors 2.00 pm on the 3rd June.

If you’re looking to speak with an expert in formulation challenges related to controlled release, matrix tablets, enteric coating, etc… then be sure to meet with Shilpa.

Shilpa’s technical and industrial experience in controlled release functional excipients is excellent, and she’ll be available to visit at our table top, look for the logo. You can also contact Shilpa ahead of, or after the event by email.

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